Sunday, November 22, 2015

Join in on the fun for An Endless Christmas + Giveaway

Merry Christmas, everyone, and many more to come! Why? Because it's An Endless Christmas.


Title:  An Endless Christmas
Author:  Cynthia Ruchti
Publisher: Worthy Inspired
Release Date: October 13, 2015

      

ABOUT THE BOOK 

Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster.

Christmas takes a very different turn when the guests of honor break up instead of announcing their engagement. Trapped with his family, they learn that love looks different than either imagined. Both in their eighties, Dodie and Wilson Binder celebrate every Christmas as if it were their last. This year, their grandson Micah is planning to ask his girlfriend, Katie, to marry him so they can celebrate with the whole family. But things go very wrong when she says, "no." Now they are stuck. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it's Christmas.

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MY THOUGHTS

Ahhhh. An Endless Christmas fully embodies what Christmas is all about.  Not only Christmas as a holiday, but Christmas in faith and Christmas with family and Christmas of love.  It's beautiful. It's funny. It's awkward (in a very good way - I mean who wouldn't be awkward with such a big family). And it's magical.  No, not the fantasy type of magic, but the miracle type that only God can be the source. 

Do you have Christmas celebrations as such? A big family all gathered and not enough rooms to fit everyone on a bed? Well, I have a huge family too and I love every bit of it. How does one big family, with all those people not get on everyone's toes? With the Binder family in An Endless Christmas, it's their profound and deep faith and love for our Lord Jesus that allows them to look beyond the little mishaps and find forgiveness, patience and generosity for each other. I mean, how could you not love a family that looks beyond the initial "rejection" of the "She said no!" and find the love to embrace Katie. Katie, a young woman who grew up in a broken family of sorts and had learned to not put hope in people and relationships.  Can she withstand the bear-hugs and love-all spirit of Micah's family? Will she learn to find hope in God and others?  And who doesn't love Uncle Paul's "Family Jokester" sense of humor? 

Before we stop here, what about the gorgeous cover? Honestly! I can't help but love this novella. Speaking of being a novella, it's a perfect story, and I won't have it any other way. It doesn't need to be shorter or longer. It really is what it is. Cynthia truly have outdone herself with this one. After reading it, it has shot up to one of the top 3 Christmas stories I've read - ever. And to end, here are some of my favorite quotes in the book. 

QUOTABLE QUOTES
"...sometimes those who are the most generous have an issue letting others be generous with them. And, I mean, a heart issue...if we aren't willing to receive, aren't we keeping someone else from a blessing, then?"  (Grandpa Wilson, 91)
"Christmas is going to come where I'm here or not, you know.  It's relentness that way.  Nothing stopped it that first Christmas. Nothing will stop it now." (199) - Amen. 

A simple prayer that speaks it all:
"Heavenly Father, thank You for this family. We thank You for the gift of life, and endless life through Your Son. Now bless this food and the hands that prepared it, that we might serve You all our days, however many, however few.  In the Name of Jesus. Amen." (207)

UPDATE: I forgot to say that after reading An Endless Christmas, I want to add Stillwater, MN as a destination for my family and I to visit. It just sounds so beautiful! Maybe next year?


NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity Group for an honest review. 

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GIVEAWAY

Don't forget to enter into this tour-wide giveaway for a copy of An Endless Christmas and a $100 Target Giftcard for the Holidays!


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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of An Endless Christmas
  • A $100 gift card to Target
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 30th. The winner will be announced December 1st on Cynthia's blog.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Drawing from 33 years of on-air radio ministry, Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels and novellas, nonfiction books and devotionals, and speaking for women's and writers' events.  Her books have been recognized by Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards, Selah Awards, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, Christian Retailing's BEST Awards, and Carol Award nominations, among other honors, including a Family Fiction Readers' Choice Award.  She and her plot-tweaking husband live in Pittsville, Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren. 

Connect with Cynthia: website, twitterfacebook

2 comments :

  1. Thanks for the review. An Endless Christmas sounds like a deligthful book to read this Christmas season. Thank you for the giveaway. Blessings

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  2. Mariyln, An Endless Christmas is wonderful! Must read! =) Enjoy! God bless you!

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